Welcome to Captivating Felicity Jones. Since 2010 we have been your best source for everything about British born actress Felicity Jones. She’s best known for her role as Jyn Erso in Rogue One, or for her previous roles in Chalet Girl and Like Crazy.
This site aims to update you with all of the latest news, photos and media surrounding Felicity’s career. Take a look around and enjoy your stay! If you have any questions, concerns or comments, then do not hesitate to contact me.
Last night Felicity attended the 26th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. She looked effortlessly glamorous in a grey sequinned dressed and loosely tied back hair.
Additionally, incase anyone missed my rather lazy announcement on Twitter – last week I added a collection of beautiful scans from InStyle UK’s March release. Click on these thumbnails now to see them all if you missed them the first time!
Last month, Felicity was featured in the Oscars edition of The Wrap – she really is making a name for herself isn’t she?
A little video was also filmed alongside the photo shoot and article. Watch it here!
Felicity Jones has been the romantic ingénue, the 19th century mistress and now, in “The Theory of Everything,” the stoic and deeply loving wife of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), a role that required her to play a real-life character over more than 20 years. As Hawking loses his ability to walk, then eat, then speak, Jones as Jane Hawking must step in to provide all the tools of daily life.
Sharon Waxman: Did you feel the weight of carrying so much of the film’s dialogue?
Felicity Jones: Yes. We both felt a responsibility to Jane and Stephen because they are extraordinary people, and wanting to bring all the truth and nuance of their relationship. A lot of that came from watching documentary footage, meeting caregivers and patients, seeing what that’s like, just trying to understand that relationship and that dependence on each other. We’re really lucky [director] James Marsh gave us months of time to prepare and just be in a room together, make loads of mistakes and make fools out of ourselves. It was just building up trust with each other.
SW: Talk about the complicity between you and Eddie. Was it a real thing or did it come from rehearsal?
FJ: Yeah, we came across it all the time. There’s a moment in one of the documentaries about Stephen when one of his caregivers is feeding him champagne on a spoon. We would see that and think, ‘We need to put that in the film.’ The story is based on Jane’s memoir, which was written after Stephen left her for his nurse. But there’s nothing vengeful about it, you just see this incredible devotion. We both felt that the moment when Stephen and Jane break up is in the spelling board scene. That’s when something in the relationship is broken and they can’t carry on anymore. The profundity of this incredibly intelligent man who will no longer be able to speak is just incredibly overwhelming for both of them. So when they do break up later on, it’s more that there’s a letting go of each other. When Stephen says he’s going to America with Elaine, they both acknowledge that it’s over, which is the painful moment for them.
SW: Did you spend time with Jane?
FJ: I did. I met her at the end of the rehearsal process. When you start to inhabit the character and work out who this person is, it’s nerve-wracking when you meet them quite late on, because you think, ‘Well, gosh, if this isn’t right I’ll have to start again.’ I met Jane and she has this incredible ability to command a room. There is something of the battle general in her, which I felt in the scene where Stephen’s father says to Jane, ‘This is going to be a huge defeat,’ and she says, ‘No, it’s not. We’re all going to pull together.’ In meeting Jane, I saw that in her, she does have this will and determination. They are a true match for each other.
SW: Did she give you any advice?
FJ: Absolutely. But you don’t just horse in there straight away and start asking personal questions. We spent time and got to know each other. She was very generous, showing pictures of her and Stephen when they first met, and showed this very intimate side of their life. They didn’t give us any sort of limitations; they trusted us wholeheartedly.
SW:How else did you prepare for the part?
FJ: I had to go and work out at the gym. I hate going to the gym. I was like, ‘I’ve got to get really strong.’ You find you’re lifting a full-grown man from the chair to the bed, and it takes enormous physical strength. You have to be tough physically and tough emotionally. Every day, I was sort of like, ‘Jane has to have 10 pairs of hands.’ I have such respect for her. Both of them, you know. They’ve both got struggles, but in different ways.
A while ago I found a sweet video and photoshoot from the Variety Studio earlier this month, but completely forgot to add it to the site! The video was aired a couple of days ago on PBS, but for those in other countries – or if you missed it – you can watch it by clicking here. Enjoy!
With a huge thank you to ‘Sylvia’ I have added 3 quirky new photos of Felicity posing for last week’s Sunday Times. It’s a much grittier look than the one we’re used to seeing from Fliss!
I have also stumbled upon a nice little snippet of information, telling us that Felicity has recently bought a new apartment overseas.
British actress Felicity Jones recently bought an apartment in Brooklyn, New York and intends to split her time across both sides of the Atlantic.
The Theory of Everything star purchased the Stateside home because she prefers a permanent base in the U.S. rather than constantly checking into hotels while working in America.
She tells The Sunday Times Style magazine, “It’s important to have a home base when you’re travelling all the time… although I’m getting good at making hotels homely as soon as I get in – a little candle, some throws to put around.
“My priority right now is to buy cushions for my new place and make it as cosy as possible. I just bought a big rug from Ikea that I’m very fond of. Thank God for Ikea!”
The Belfast Telegraph released this lovely little article featuring Felicity yesterday:
Felicity Jones feels lucky when it comes to the roles she has played.
The British actress is currently starring in The Theory of Everything, a biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking’s private life, as he and his family deal with his motor neuron disease diagnosis.
The 31-year-old plays Stephen’s wife Jane, a strong character who keeps the family going.
“I feel like I personally have been lucky,” Felicity told the British edition of Esquire magazine when asked if there were enough complex roles for women out there. “If the part isn’t always there on the page, I’ve had good relationships with writers where there’s an openness to bring more to the role.
“But you know, Reese Witherspoon is producing Wild, Angelina Jolie is now directing. That’s really important, to have women in those roles. There will be more great female parts, the more that happens.”
The Theory of Everything doesn’t shy away from showing the realities of coping with such a dilapidating illness.
Eddie Redmayne takes on the role of Stephen, and the film is hotly tipped for Oscar success.
“Some days were hard,” she admitted. “But Eddie and I had got to the point where we were reading each other very well, so it made doing those scenes a lot easier.
“It’s lovely to have made something people have a visceral response to. It’s just very exciting. You don’t get to make films that are purely character-driven, it’s very rare, and so I am revelling in it, actually.”
Does anyone else, like me, still find it difficult to believe Felicity is 31 years old already?!
I have also found this nice little video from The Hollywood Reporter featuring Felicity:
I have added a brand new Theory of Everything still to our gallery. Indiewire has also released a short article alongside the photo, informing us that the trailer for the film will be available to watch on iTunes from tomorrow!
One of this year’s most eagerly awaited Toronto Film Fest premieres, “The Theory of Everything” stars Brit up-and-comer Eddie Redmayne as astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. It’s directed by James Marsh, who won an Oscar in 2009 for helming the powerful documentary “Man on Wire” — also about a brilliant man surmounting all odds.
A new image, seen above, shows Hawking with fellow Cambridge student and lover Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). The film traces their intense relationship as Hawking grapples with a diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease at age 21. Hawking, now 72, has lived with it ever since. Wilde and Hawking married in 1965, eventually divorcing 30 years later.
Earlier images, below, also offer a glimpse at this emotional biopic, which Focus Features takes to theaters on an awards-friendly release date of November 7. Screenwriter Anthony McCarten drew from Wilde’s inspired 2007 memoir “Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.”
Look out for the trailer this Wednesday, August 6 on iTunes.
UK newspaper The Mirror has reported that Felicity has taken part in a special reading for a brand new feature length drama by Netflix called The Crown. It is unclear yet whether this means Felicity will take on the role of the young queen in the final production, but let’s hope so!
Felicity Jones has portrayed a young Queen Elizabeth in a special reading of early scripts for the phenomenal, 60-hour Netflix drama The Crown, which spans Her Majesty’s reign.
Plans are also underway for ‘the largest television undertaking in the history of broadcasting’ – at around £100 million – to shoot two seasons and a further four with different actresses as the Queen.
The 30-year-old joined a cast of 25 actors in London – including Eileen Atkins, Juliet Stevenson, Kika Markham, Alex Jennings, David Calder, Paul Ritter and James D’Arcy – to read from the first five episodes of the mammoth series, penned by Peter Morgan.
Morgan also wrote Oscar-winning film The Queen and stage hit The Audience, both starring Helen Mirren as the sovereign.
It’s too soon to know whether those who participated will also be in The Crown when it films a year from now. “We really don’t know at this stage if Felicity or any of the others will continue to the series, as we’re just beginning the process,” an executive on the show told Mirror Online.
What was the first movie you ever saw? The Addams Family. It started a lifelong crush on Wednesday Addams and Christina Ricci. I like an outsider. I used to go [to the cinema] as a treat with my mum and brother – we’d have pizza – and we’d discuss the film in the car on the way home.
What was the movie that inspired you to go into movies?
Hal Hartley’s Trust. It was at university in Oxford, and there was this amazing DVD store. We’d rent things all the time, thinking we were very cool watching Tarkovsky. Trust had humour and melancholy. I like the fusion of those.
What was the last movie you saw that reminded you of your childhood? The Witches. That terrified me. We had a neighbour who always wore gloves and my brother and I were convinced she was a witch for ages.
Upon walking in to the room to interview British actress Felicity Jones, we were casually reminded of the last time HeyUGuys sat down to speak to the talented performer – in the publicity tour for Breathe In, last summer. She claimed the previous meeting was “one of the best” interviews she had ever done. So, no pressure then?
This time around Jones is in town to promote The Invisible Woman, where she stars as Nelly, a young lady who falls in love with Charles Dickens (played by Ralph Fiennes), before entering in to an illegitimate affair, behind the back of the wife of the renowned wordsmith. As Fiennes also directed the picture – his sophomore feature after Coriolanus – Jones tells us that at times it was a bit like being directed by Dickens himself.
“It did feel when we were doing scenes with Ralph as Dickens, it was like being directed by Dickens,” she said. “You’d see him behind the camera with his wig and hairnet on and there were moments where you’d think, this is a little bit surreal.” Fiennes has recently made the move to directing with a relative ease, following on from Coriolanus, and Jones is not ruling out sitting in the director’s chair herself one day. “I would never rule it out, I feel at the moment that acting takes up my focus and is something I’m still exploring, but who knows? I definitely won’t rule it out.”
‘I was a very boring young girl,’ announces actress Felicity Jones cheerfully. I find that hard to believe. The engaging Birmingham actress, who got her start as a teenager playing Emma Grundy on The Archers and stars opposite Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens’s secret mistress in her latest film, The Invisible Woman, strikes me as anything but dull. But she insists: ‘It’s true, I was very earnest and focused from quite a young age – and geeky.’
Geeky is not a word that springs to mind either, observing the wide-eyed actress, who is 30 but looks 20, when we meet on a snowy New York afternoon at the hip Bowery Hotel. Felicity has modelled for Burberry and today is luminous in a Band of Outsiders blazer over a crisp white shirt and J Brand jeans.
‘At school I was called a swot. I always thought that if you just put your head down and got on with work you’d get away with far more [mischief] than if you were being explicitly naughty, so I studied,’ says Felicity.
Her mother, who worked in advertising, and father, a journalist, split up when she was three and Felicity lived in Bournville with her mother and older brother. ‘I’d see my dad every other weekend; I’ve always had a relationship with both of my parents.’ A stellar pupil at the girls’ school she attended, Felicity studied drama at an after-school workshop, began acting professionally aged 11 and landed the role on The Archers four years later. She won a place at Wadham College, Oxford, where her time was divided between literary pursuits (‘my passion was Virginia Woolf’) and her flourishing career.